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Leipzig Book Fair

(March 17th –20th 2016)


Robert Bosch Stiftung
Leipzig/Stuttgart, March 16th 2016

Europa21. Thinking tomorrow's society” at Leipzig Book Fair

Europa21. Thinking tomorrow's society” is a cooperation between the Robert Bosch Stiftung and the Leipzig Book Fair.
Sadik J. al-Azm, born 1934 in Damascus, is a Professor Emeritus of Modern European Philosophy at the University of Damascus. He is considered to be as one of the most important progressive thinkers of the Arab world. He was awarded the Goethe-Medal in 2015. He was granted political asylum in Germany in 2012. His latest work published in German is „Islam and Secular Humanism“ (Mohr-Siebek).
Jörg Armbruster, born 1947 in Tübingen, was correspondent of the tv-channel ARD for the Near and Middle East until the end of 2012. He was presenter of the programme „Weltspiegel“ and others. His latest book published in 2013 was „Brennpunkt Nahost. Die Zerstörung Syriens und das Versagen des Westens“ (Westend). Jörg Armbruster was honoured with the Award of Honour of the Bayerischer Fernsehpreis for his lifework in 2015.
Shida Bazyar, born 1988 in Hermeskeil, studied literary writing in Hildesheim before moving to Berlin. Her debut novel „Nachts ist es leise in Teheran“, the story of a family caught between revolution, flight and German reality, will be released at the Leipzig Book Fair by Kiepenheuer und Witsch.
Karim El-Gawhary, born 1963, has been working as a freelance correspondent for the Middle East in Cairo for German-language media for almost two decades. Since 2004 he is head of the Middle East Office of the channel ORF. In 2011 he was awarded the Concordia-Publizistikpreis for his coverage of the Arab Spring. Together with Mathilde Schwabeneder he published „Auf der Flucht. Reportagen von beiden Seiten des Mittelmeers“ (Kremayr und Scheriau).
Sebastian Engelbrecht, born 1968, studied journalism at the Deutsche Journalistenschule in Munich. From 2000 until 2007 he worked as an author, editor and presenter for Deutschlandradio Kultur and Deutschlandfunk. From 2008 until 2012 he was ARD radio-correspondent in Tel Aviv. Recently he returned to Berlin and Deutschlandradio.
Halina Grzymała-Moszczyńska, born 1948, is Professor for Psychology of Culture and Religion at the Jagiellonian University in Krakow. She has been researching the influence of religion in the acculturation of refugees in Poland as well as the adaptation processes of the voluntary Polish migrants in the EU.
Ulrike Guérot, born 1964, is a political scientist as well as the founder and director of the European Democracy Lab (EDL) in Berlin. Her latest book „Warum Europa eine Republik werden muss. Eine politische Utopie“ will be released in April 2016 by Dietz Verlag.
Ulrich Hörning, born in 1972 in Frankfurt am Main, is an acknowledged financial and management expert and has, inter alia, worked at the World Bank in Washington DC and for the Federal Ministry of Finance. Since November 2015 Ulrich is the new Mayor for General Administration of the City of Leipzig. He is also responsible for the Department Migration and Integration of the City of Leipzig.
Christian Jakob, born 1979, since 2006 he is editor of the „tageszeitung“ (taz). He was nominated for the journalist prize „Der lange Atem“ for his report on asylum policy in 2015. His latest work „Die Bleibenden. Wie Flüchtlinge Deutschland seit 20 Jahren verändern“ will be released at the Leipzig Book Fair (Christoph Links Verlag).
Stefan Jonsson, born 1961, is Professor at the Institute for Research on Migration, Ethnicity and Society at the University of Linköping. Currently Jonsson is investigating the colonial origins of European integration and their influence on European citizens today and on European Union politics towards the non-European world.
Basil Kerski, born into a Polish-Iraqi family in 1969, is a political scientist, author and journalist. He grew up in Iraq, Poland and Germany and worked for the FU Berlin, the German Society for Foreign Politics, the German Bundestag as well as the Aspen Institute Berlin. Since 1998 he is chief editor of the German-Polish magazine Dialog. He is director of the European Solidarity Centre in Gdansk since 2011.
Michał Kokot, born 1981, studied journalism at the University Wrocław. He has been working as an editor at Gazeta Wyborcza in Wrocław since 2004 and is at the foreign desk since 2013. Kokot writes about Eastern and Southern Europe and also regularly for ZEIT ONLINE.

Christine Langenfeld, born in Luxemburg 1962, is chair of the foundation board of the Geman Foundations for Migration and Integration since 2012. She is also a Professor of Public Law at the University of Göttingen. Her research focusses on European law and the protection of human rights in Europe as well as on legal studies for integration, migration, education and schooling.
Michael Lüders, born in Bremen 1959, is scientist for politics and Islam, journalist and author. As expert for the Middle East he works as a consultant for the Federal Foreign Office. He succeeded Peter Scholl-Latour as president of the German-Arab Society. His latest work is the much discussed non-fictional book „Wer den Wind sät. Was westliche Politik im Orient anrichtet“ (C. H. Beck)
Lothar Müller, born 1954, is journalist, literary critic and scholar. Between 1997 and 2001 he worked as editor in the literature section of the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung. Today he is editor of the culture section of the Süddeutsche Zeitung. He was awarded the Alfred-Kerr-Preis für Literaturkritik in the year 2000, the Johann-Heinrich-Merck-Preis in 2008 and the Berliner Preis für Literaturkritik in 2013.
Armin Nassehi, born in Tübingen 1960, is Professor for Sociology at the Ludwig-Maximilians-University Munich. His research is focussed on decisions generated in complex situations. Since 2012 Nasseh is editor of the long-established magazine „Kursbuch“. His latest book „Die letzte Stunde der Wahrheit. Warum rechts und links keine Alternativen mehr sind“ was published in 2015 (Murmann).
Borka Pavićević, born 1947, is dramaturge, stage director, columnist and cultural activist. Since 1994 she is director of the Centre for Cultural Decontamination in Belgrade, which aims to fight intolerance und nationalism. After 1991 she became an important figure of the peace movement of the Balkans.
Stefan Raue, born in 1958 in Wuppertal, was main Editor of „heute-journal“ and Deputy Head of the redaction of „today“-news from 1995 on. He was a Chief Editor of the magazine „Blickpunkt“ from 1997 on and became in 1999 a Deputy Chief Editorial Director in the field of politics and current affairs at ZDF. Since November 2011 he has been working as a trimedial Chief Editor at MDR.
Michail Ryklin, born 1948 in Leningrad, is head of the faculty of Philosophical Anthropology at the Institute for Philosophy at the Academy of Sciences in Moscow. For his essay „Mit dem Recht des Stärkeren“ he was awarded the Leipziger Buchpreis zur Europäischen Verständigung in 2007. His latest book „Buch über Anna“ was published by Suhrkamp Verlag.
Reinhard Schulze, born in Berlin 1953, is Professor for Islamic Studies and Modern Oriental Philology at the University Bern. Since 1995 he has been editing the series „Social, Economic and Political Studies of the Middle East and Asia“. At the Leipzig Book Fair an updated edition of his very renowned volume „Geschichte der islamischen Welt im 20. Jahrhundert“ will be released (C. H. Beck).
Georg Teichert, born 1986 in Dresden, is a central equality commissioner of the University of Leipzig and a project director for the diversity audits. Since 2010 he has been voluntary engaged in the Gender Equality Advisory Board of the City of Leipzig as well as in the Family Advisory Council, which he also chaired since April 2015.
Carsten Tesch, born 1964 in Berlin, is journalist and presenter at MDR Figaro. He is also author and lecturer on experimental radio at the Bauhaus-University in Weimar. He is also a freelance consultant for crisis PR and organization development for social entities and associations all over Germany.
Bernd Ulrich, born in Essen 1960, is deputy editor-in-chief and head of the politics section of the weekly paper DIE ZEIT. For his essay „Wer sind wir heute“ about the image of the Germans abroad he was awarded the Henri-Nannen-Preis in 2013 and also the Theodor-Wolff-Preis in 2015.
Martin Urban, born 1936 in Berlin, is physicist, journalist and author. He founded the science section of the Süddeutsche Zeitung, and was chief science editor until 2001. His book „Ach Gott, die Kirche! Protestantischer Fundamentalismus und 500 Jahre Reformation“ will be published for the Leipzig Book Fair (dtv Premium).
Senthuran Varatharajah, born 1984 in Jaffna / Sri Lanka, studied philosophy, protestant theology and cultural science in Marburg, Berlin and London and is currently doing his PhD on the concept of foreignness in classical German philosophy. His debut novel „Vor der Zunahme der Zeichen“, a poetic dialog about asylum and space, will be released at the Leipzig Book Fair (S. Fischer).
Insa Wilke, born in Bremerhaven 1978, is a journalist, literary critic and presenter. Between 2010 and 2012 she was the director of the Literaturhaus Köln. She wrote among others for the Süddeutsche Zeitung and she also belongs to the team of the radio-literature-program „Gutenbergs Welt“ (WDR3). Her work „Flüchtlingsgespräche“, which she organized together with the Literaturhaus Stuttgart in 2015, gained nationwide acknowledgement. Insa Wilke was awarded the Alfred-Kerr-Preis für Literaturkritik in 2014.
About the Leipzig Book fair

The Leipzig Book fair is the most important spring meeting place of the book and media sector and is a fair for readers, authors and publishing companies. It presents the new spring publications, current topics and trends and apart from young German language literature also shows novelties from Central and Eastern Europe. Through the unique combination of fair and “Leipzig liest” - the largest European reading festival, the book fair has developed into a magnet for the public. The Leipzig Book Fair 2016 with the “Leipzig liest” reading festival will take place from March 17th – 20th at the Leipzig trade fair facilities as well as all over the entire area of the city. Roughly 2,000 exhibitors, more than 250,000 visitors and more than 2,500 journalists are expected. Since 2014, the Manga-Comic-Con (MCC) has been held in Hall 1 in cooperation with the Leipzig Book Fair. The 22nd Leipziger Antiquriatsmesse, a fair for antiquarian books, will also be held at the same time.

About the Robert Bosch Stiftung

The Robert Bosch Stiftung is one of Europe's largest foundations associated with a private company. It invests approximately 70 million euros annually in supporting approximately 800 of its own as well as third-party projects in the fields of international relations, education, society and culture, as well as health and science. Since its founding back in 1964, the Foundation has used more than 1.3 billion euros for charitable activities. The Robert Bosch Stiftung continues the charitable pursuits of Robert Bosch (1861 - 1942), the founder of both the company and the Foundation. It owns about a 92 percent stake in the Robert Bosch GmbH, and finances its operations from the dividends it receives from this holding. Robert Bosch's former home in Stuttgart serves as the Foundation's headquarters. Around 140 employees work for the Foundation at this location and at its office in Berlin.

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